Get ready to feel old: The Lost Boys was released almost 30 years ago! The film that made it cool to be a vampire (until Twilight turned them sparkly, at least!) was a minor hit when it haunted US Theaters in the summer of 1987, but it’s become a huge cult phenomenon in the years since. While the passing of Corey Haim in 2010 and Brooke McCarter in 2015 makes the milestone bittersweet, author Paul Davis has assembled a fantastic retrospective of The Lost Boys that’s a fitting testament to the film’s legacy.
Lost In The Shadows: The Story Of The Lost Boys can be preordered HERE.
Official Synopsis: From writer and director Paul Davis, Cult Screenings Ltd. and Dead Mouse Productions, comes a brand new limited edition, 256-page, all colour, hardback book on the making of the 1987 cult favourite. THE LOST BOYS. LOST IN THE SHADOWS delves into the complete history of the film, from its inception as a Peter Pan inspired kids adventure, its eventful production, and its enduring 30-year legacy.
Featuring brand new interviews with Joel Schumacher, Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Jami Gertz, Corey Feldman, Richard Donner (and many more), and hundreds of rare behind the scenes images, LOST IN THE SHADOWS serves as the ultimate chronicle to one of the most beloved vampire movies of the 1980s.
One of the most memorable moments of Joel Schumacher’s classic is the scene where David (Kiefer Sutherland) uses his vampire mind-control powers to make Michael (Jason Patric) think he’s eating maggots after he’s taken a mouthful of rice: “You’re eating maggots, Michael. How do they taste?” While noodle-worms follow, that initial shock of seeing a Chinese food container squirming with fly larva is tough to beat!
Davis recently shared an excerpt of Lost in the Shadows with DailyGrindhouse.com; it features Schumacher, along with cast members and an on-set insect wrangler, dishing the backstory on that now infamous scene. Apparently, lemon juice was an integral component! Have a read and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
JOEL SCHUMACHER (Director): When Kiefer is sitting on his throne in that cave scene, we lit him with a giant arc light that Michael Chapman placed directly above him horizontally. That’s why he’s bathed in that white light. He’s the king and he’s holding court. I believe the scene with the Chinese food was in James and Janice’s original script. It’s no surprise that it made it through the rewrites, because it was such a brilliant and original idea that was very important to the movie. Of course, for the scene to work, and be as effective as it was, we needed Dennis Grisco to bring in real maggots and worms.
BILLY WIRTH (‘Dwayne’): Because I was so green to the industry, and hadn’t really read the script, I didn’t realize that the shots of the maggots and worms were going to be added later. I just remember sitting there, looking at my food and thinking, “What maggots? What the fuck are they talking about!?”
KIEFER SUTHERLAND (‘David’): Joel and the editor cut that scene together very well, because, when we were looking in the cartons there were no maggots or worms. It was like doing green screen. We were reacting to nothing because they would insert those shots later.
WILLIAM GRISCO (Animal Trainer): For the noodles, we used big old night crawler worms, and for the rice we used, what’s known as a rice worm. We used rice worms instead of maggots because they were slightly bigger, but were the same colour, so they looked right on camera. The night crawlers looked great because they’re constantly trying to burrow. Once we took their bedding away they were just trying to get to the bottom of the container, so that’s why they moved like that in the movie.
JOEL SCHUMACHER: When they first put the maggots into the Chinese food containers, they just sat there like blobs. They didn’t move at all. Grisco then squeezed a tiny bit of lemon juice over them and they went crazy. That’s the shot that’s in the finished film. I do love that whole scene very much, and it was a lot of fun to shoot.
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Can you believe The Lost Boys is almost 30 years old???